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Project Type/Research Category: Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects (DRRPs).

Funding Priority: Knowledge Translation.
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Center on Knowledge Translation for Technology Transfer.

University at Buffalo|The State University of New York.
Center for Assistive Technology.
100 Sylvan Parkway, Suite 400.
Amherst, NY  14228.

Principal Investigator: Joseph Lane.
PI Phone: 716/204-8606, ext. 211.
Public Contact Phone: 716/204-8606 (V), 877/742-4141 (V), 716/204-8606 (TTY).
Fax: 716/204-8610.
Project Number: H133A130014. About grant numbers.
Start Date: October 1, 2013.
Length: 60 months.
NIDILRR Officer: Pimjai Sudsawad, ScD.
NIDILRR Funding: FY 13 $924,512; FY 14 $924,511; FY 15 $924,511; FY 16 $924,564; FY 17 $924,559.
Abstract: The objective of this project is to study and apply the theory and practice of knowledge translation (KT) to the knowledge outputs of NIDILRR technology grantees. Goals of this project are to increase the rate of successful technology transfer (TT) of rehabilitation projects by NIDILRR grantees to the marketplace and into engineering standards, increase understanding among rehabilitation engineers and disability researchers in development of TT processes and practices that lead to successful TT, and increase capacity of NIDILRR grantees to plan and engage in TT activities. Research Project 1, Grantee Evidence of TT Practices, uses case-based examples from grantees in technology innovation processes to demonstrate how their actions and decisions affect TT outputs and outcomes. Research Project 2, Profile of Industry TT Receptivity and Capacity, optimizes the likelihood of accomplishing TT by evaluating industry opportunities and constraints. Development Project 1, Generate Three Need to Knowledge (NtK) Model Variants, utilizes planning and charting processes across three non-commercial output categories (standards and protocols, freeware, and instruments and tools) to increase capacity in TT and expand the original NtK Model for commercial products. Development Project 2, Collaborative Commercialization, utilizes partnerships between NIDILRR grantees and corporations to bring new or improved commercial products to the marketplace through two utilization activities: (1) Delivering Practice-Level TT Training, and (2) Demonstrating Program-Level NtK Model Uptake by External Agencies. These activities increase grantees’ ability to plan, implement, and manage TT capacity by teaching how to accommodate best practices within personnel, time, and resource constraints while demonstrating the use of the NtK Model by other government and advisory agencies. KT4TT operates at the School of Public Health and Health Professions, University at Buffalo (SUNY), in partnership with Western New York Independent Living Inc., and a team of international consulting experts.
Descriptors: Knowledge translation, Rehabilitation engineering, Technology transfer.

Documents in REHABDATA:
Bridging the persistent gap between R&D and application: A historical review of government efforts in the field of assistive technology.

Effectiveness of the size matters handwriting program.

Introduction to ATOB focused issue on knowledge translation & technology transfer in assistive technology.